‘Blink of an eye’ has morphed into ‘Here Kitty’

Global Cat logoTo all of my 2 fans out there, apologies for no recent posts.

I have my new blog “Here Kitty”  and its companion website, Global Cats up and running now, so that’s where I’ve been.

I discovered since I started blogging (one whole month into it) that I wanted to focus more on a specific topic and found that since I had a gadzillion links to cat sites and cat news that the topic seemed to pick me. I have been writing a book for the last year with cats as the main characters. Thus, all my ‘cat’ tags and cat folders and all the del.icio.us links and the news stories and bizarre tales that I have saved over the last year just begged for public attention.  

I find myself reading ‘cat news’ stories daily and I am most intrigued by the devoted efforts of so many people who work to save them, very often in horrible conditions. I found that I love these stories because they give me hope in human nature and for the human race. In spite of all the horrific events going on in the world, there are people who really care and actually do something to follow up on their passion.

I hope you take a look at my new sites and give me some feedback. I am developing a custom Google Global Cat map which placemarks many of these interesting news stories on the map. Since the emphasis at Global Cat is on rescue cats, the Global map will feature rescue cat stories sent in by readers. So if you have a rescued cat and want to feature your feline, check it out. Links are on both the blog and webiste, but here’s the direct link to the map.

The origin of cats

There was a study done by some UC Davis scientists wanting to learn more about the origin of cats. So they swabbed about 11,00 cats, I think it was, for their DNA.

I had a funny image of hundreds of scientists in lab coats with Q-tips and zip lock bags traveling to remote locations all over the globe, taking a quick swab of random cats’ cheek cells and getting on the plane to take their samples back to the lab. But hey, I’m not a scientist and of course it was all done through the mail. 

But the DNA results were interesting because they discovered that the cradle of human civilization,  appropriately named ‘The Fertile Crescent’, is also the origin of the domesticated cat.

Cats became domesticated about the same time that people did apparently. When we went from being nomadic beings and settled down, raising and storing crops and grains, cats quickly discovered that those storage units harbored their favorite cuisine. Humans realized what a great service cats provided and a mutual bond was struck.

Today most cat owners don’t rely on their cats to keep the mice out of their grain cellars (although we do depend on Marco and Polo to keep the rodents at bay here at our country ‘estate’).

So there’s some magnetic bond between humans and cats, sort of a mutual respect it seems, that obviously doesn’t depend on a work ratio factor. All they have to do is look cute, which is most of the time, and we feel better. Pet a cat and your blood pressure goes down. If he purrs, then you’ve soaked up a little of his nirvana.  Instant stress relief.

Maybe we love cats because they never worry about anything. They are truly an inspiration in the art of relaxation.

 Here’s a link to something more scientific. Cats’ Family Tree Rooted in Fertile Crescent

Snooze mode

The ‘Mewses’ and I are in snooze mode. Be back soon!

Snooze mode

The ‘Mewses’ have their own page

I have 2 orange tabby cats, named Marco and Polo. They deserved their own page which they got today. To see them click on the page tab at the top: ‘The Mewses.

Feel free to submit captions for their photos.